Book Review: Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2) by Amanda Hocking

Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her.

She's caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is meant to lead.

I am really enjoying Amanda Hocking's work.  I found her books by chance on Barnes' NOOKbook deals page and I'm really glad that I did.

This series is about an unusual paranormal element: trolls.  Not trolls with fluffy pink hair and jewels in their bellies like the dolls that used to creep me out, but human-appearing creatures who wield powerful earth magic.  They prefer to call themselves Trylle and are not the hobgoblin-like trolls who live under bridges--the image that comes to mind when I hear the word troll.

Wendy is a Trylle princess, and leaves her brother and aunt to live with the Trylle.  She's in love with Finn, a Trylle tracker, but can't be with him due to her responsibilities as a Trylle royal.    Book one, Switched, set things up and introduced us to many characters.  Torn had more action and more intrigue, and we got to know everyone better.  I started to like Wendy in this book and I was torn right along with her between love and duty.

I would recommend the Trylle trilogy for fans of paranormal YA.  I'm enjoying it much more than many popular YA reads.

Just One Gripe: 
Some of the characters used dialogue that seemed inappropriate to their social position.  For example, Elora used the word "ammo" in a conversation with Wendy.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
I love a good love triangle as well as impossible love, and the Trylle trilogy has both:  a heroine who is in love with someone she can't have and another guy waiting in the wings who loves her too. 

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Setting/Imagery: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  20/25


  1. Oh, how I wish I could hear "ammo" in everyday conversation haha this sounds like an interesting trilogy...and great reviews! :)

  2. Just the cover got me. hello coverholics... this is the death of me. Plus 20 points.. ringing in the new year with this one for my reading list.

  3. Ooooo I love a good love triangle.


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